What Create Sheffield can do for schools

For the launch of Create Sheffield’s ‘Why Creativity Matters NOW’ strand of the Learn Sheffield Autumn Online Festival, Sophie Hunter, Create Sheffield Programme Manager, delivered an online event on the 4th October which outlined what Create Sheffield can do for school leaders, teachers and arts and cultural professionals in the City. 

Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Cultural Education Partnership, it exists to take the young people of Sheffield on ‘a journey into the arts, culture and heritage sectors, benefiting the lives of all those in Sheffield aged 0-24. Create Sheffield is supported by IVE, the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber and also has received support from other organisations in Sheffield.  

Over the course of 3 weeks, Create Sheffield will be exploring the question ‘why does engaging with the arts, culture and creativity matter?’  In this first event, Sophie shared the following reasons (read more in IVE's 10 Reasons Why Arts and Culture Makes a Difference to Young Peoples Lives);

1. Memorable learning experiences

2. Improves educational attainment across the curriculum

3. Develops skills for the jobs for the future

4. Improves mental health and wellbeing

5. Develop transferable life and work skills

6. Provides routes to success for YP with SEN

7. Levels the playing field for disadvantaged students

8. Promotes community engagement and cohesion

9. Makes learning fun!

Create Sheffield will be exploring this question further, delving into areas and themes such as early years, performance, SEND, diversity and inclusion, drama, the school curriculum and more. 

How to engage

Due to the pandemic, Create Sheffield has yet been unable to meet their aim to talk to every school in Sheffield. Why Creativity Matters NOW is Create Sheffield's opportunity to talk to teachers, school leaders and arts professionals to consult them on their needs and to better understand the context in which they work. Create Sheffield will use this series of consultations to shape their offer to schools and creative professionals in 2022. 

If you want your voice to be heard as part of this consultation and to access further opportunities, CPD and networks, please fill out the following forms:

  • Participant (education) ‘Getting to Know You’ form

  • Participant (Arts & Cultural Partners) ‘Getting to Know You’ form.  

To see and access more online events as part of the Learn Sheffield Autumn Online Festival, head to the Learn Sheffield Website

This session was supported by Jenny Coats, Head of Beck School. Jenny, together with her colleagues Amy Willoughby and Becky Stroud are the newly appointed Create Sheffield ‘Creative Education Producers’. This is a freelance, part-time role, their first mission is to facilitate the Why Creativity Matters NOW conversations. You can contact Jenny, Amy and Becky at education@createsheffield.co.uk